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Central Kenya leads in use of contraceptives

Monday January 18 2016

Contraceptive pills. According to the 2016 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, Kirinyaga County has the highest number of women who are on contraceptives at 81 per cent followed by Kiambu at 74 per cent and Nyeri at 73 per cent. PHOTO | FILE

Contraceptive pills. According to the 2016 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, Kirinyaga County has the highest number of women who are on contraceptives, at 81 per cent, followed by Kiambu at 74 per cent and Nyeri at 73 per cent. PHOTO | FILE 

ESTHER MWANGI
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Married women in central Kenya are leading in the use of contraceptives, with at least 73 per cent using family planning methods, the latest Kenya Demographic Health Survey has revealed.

Kirinyaga County has the highest number of women who are on contraceptives, at 81 per cent, followed by Kiambu at 74 per cent and Nyeri at 73 per cent.

Murang’a has 68 per cent of the women on contraceptives compared with Nyandarua’s 65 per cent.

HIGHEST DEMAND

Of the eight regions surveyed, central Kenya has the second-highest demand for contraceptives after eastern.

The demand for family planning services in the eastern region stands at 83 per cent while in central it is 82 per cent.

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The demand for contraceptives in western Kenya is at 80 per cent.

Central leads in the use of modern methods of contraception, at 66.9 per cent, followed by eastern with 63.9 per cent.

The Nairobi and western regions follow with 58.3 and 56.9 per cent, respectively.